If the Rams don't take Chance Warmack at No. 16, he likely won't be available at No. 22.
The teams between the Rams' two picks are the Steelers, Cowboys, Giants, Bears and Bengals, in that order.
The Cowboys, Giants and Bears all need interior offensive line help, and they could choose to address those needs early if either of the two first-round guards are still available.
Conversely, if Tavon Austin is there at No. 16, he should remain available for the second of the Rams' two first-round picks.
Of those same teams, only Pittsburgh seems likely be in the market for a receiver, and they'll be looking for someone to take Mike Wallace's place on the outside—something the 5'8" Austin could not do.
What Austin can do is provide the Rams with an incredibly explosive offensive play maker to counter Seattle's acquisition of Percy Harvin.
Marshall Faulk: 'Tavon Austin is Percy Harvin and Wes Welker rolled into one.' Wow. #NFLCombine
You just don't see that kind of reaction to a prospect from a Hall of Famer too often.
Austin would immediately provide Sam Bradford with an electric weapon in the slot and out of the backfield, not to mention his kick return abilities—which is also an area of need for the Rams.
What he lacks is ideal size, even for a slot receiver. The benchmark is and may always be Wes Welker, who stands 5'9" and weighs 185 pounds. Austin is an inch shorter and 11 pounds lighter. Harvin weighs the same as Welker but is two inches taller at 5'11."
The main concern born of his diminutive size is whether or not he will be able to stand up to the punishment inherent in playing receiver in the NFL. Toughness is necessary to assuage those doubts, and if his college coach can be believed, Austin has plenty of that (per TurfShowTimes.com):
The best thing about Tavon that nobody really knows is his toughness. I can't tell you how many times he's battled through little aches and pains, a lot of other guys would have taken some time off. In four years of practice...Tavon Austin didn't miss one.
The only remaining concern, then, is how to find touches for both Austin and Jared Cook out of the slot.
Cook lined up in the slot 56 percent of the time he was on the field in 2012. However, Austin's versatility will allow the Rams to get creative in how they use him; he won't solely be a slot receiver.
Again, the comparisons to Harvin are apt. Similar to the way the Vikings used him, the Rams could line up Austin in the backfield and have him run short routes in order to get him the ball in space. They could also give him some rushing attempts to utilize his speed and shiftiness.
With his abilities in space and on underneath routes, Austin would be the perfect complement to Brian Quick and Chris Givens on the outside and Jared Cook's freakish ability to stretch a seam route from the slot.